Two things: 1) Work for money 2) Work for future
I have dedicated my summer on learning Maya. I was hoping to learn modeling, rendering, rigging and animating by the end of this summer and so far... I spent most of my time modeling a train.
I was hoping to build a character to go along with this train but I don't think that is going to happen since I am planning to render texture and rigging this train... yea... my plan to learn animating characters in maya over the summer is kaput.